Articles published in April, 2011

The Reiser's Edge: Lose the battle, win the Presidency

Though the 2008 presidential election is two and a half years in the rearview mirror, Republicans are yet to find a worthy candidate to defeat incumbent President Barack Obama in 2012. Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich has all but announced his intent to seek out the nomination, while Mitt Romney, the ex-governor of…

Shutdown averted in final hour

The worst appeared imminent. By last Friday, a deal had not been struck as the White House and Congress struggled to figure out the budget. For millions of Americans, the memories of the 1995 government shutdown loomed overhead in their minds. As the day progressed however, the possibility of a shutdown was finally averted with…

Deposed Egyptian leader may face trial

Breaking nearly two months of silence, deposed Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak made a pre-recorded announcement last Sunday denying any abuse of power during his thirty years in office. The ex-president affirmed that he will fully cooperate with authorities to prove he did not accumulate wealth by abusing his power, and promised that he will pursue…

A ‘Beautiful’ blast from the past

If you don’t know why Paul Simon releasing a new album is important, keep reading, but scold yourself later. If you don’t know why Paul Simon releasing a new album that is as relevant and powerful as anything he has ever done is significant, stop reading: I don’t have enough words left to appropriately admonish…

Letter to the Editor: Intersection idiots

University Heights may have beautiful homes, but it has ugly intersections. If you drive around the city you will notice that there are quite a few four-way stops, some five-way, six-way and even seven-way intersections. There should be a chapter about University Heights roads in the Kama Sutra. My problem isn’t the excessive amount of…

Baseball rebounds from loss to Heidelberg, sweeps B-W

After losing six of their last seven games, John Carroll’s baseball team breathed a sigh of relief after sweeping Baldwin-Wallace on Saturday. Two of those six losses came from sixth ranked Heidelberg University last Thursday. The Blue Streaks’ efforts fell just short against the Student Princes, as JCU suffered a narrow 2-0 defeat in game…

The Bayer Necessities: An end to death and taxes

Well, it’s that time of year again — tax time. Hopefully, you’ve already grumbled and sent your tax forms in. Otherwise, looks like you’re going to jail on tax evasion. Better luck next year. Or maybe you’re one of the people who loads your guns, cranks the Charlie Daniels Band and has TEA parties. Newsflash…

Wes Craven makes audiences ‘Scream’ again

Any sequel worth its salt must prove itself by changing the game rather than regurgitating the same old mantra. As rare as it is for any sequel to succeed in this regard, it is even more rare for a fourth film – which is why it seems like most franchises are rebooted before they get…

The Jenn is mightier: My brother, Justin Bieber

Growing up, my little brother Kevin was the “little terror” of the family. While he could have been a sweetheart at times, my family does have the home videos to prove Kevin could have been the poster child for the “terrible twos.” For every year he’s been alive, I’m sure I could tell three funny…

Letter to the Editor: The shame of a nation

On the eve of April 8 the United States government came to the brink of collapse, the crisis averted only by an eleventh hour agreement wherein the Republicans agreed to not defund Planned Parenthood and the EPA (this time around), and Democrats caved in to nearly $40 billion (.89 percent of the total) in budget…

‘Win, Win’ a must see

There are few movies I see that I would be willing to pay money to see again. “Win, Win” from writer/director Thomas McCarthy, is one movie I would happily pay $10 to see again. The film manages to be both a heart-warming drama and a laugh-out-loud funny comedy simultaneously. “Win, Win” centers around Mike Flaherty…

JCU Dining to expand service, hours

JCU Dining will be making adjustments to its hours and services at the end of this semester and next year.

Graciously Gaffney: Simple steps to less stress

It’s at this time of the semester that I begin feeling utterly overwhelmed and I know I’m not alone. I’m sure many of you are feeling exactly the same way. It’s that point in the semester when all of the papers, projects, tests, etc. begin piling up in anticipation of the final stretch. Multiple nights…

Name That Toon!: 4-14-2011

What the toon doesn’t say about the tune: “Drink that Kool-Aid, follow my lead.”…

Dining services extend hours

Starting April 26, Java City, in the ground floor of the library will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The available food will be standard sandwiches, salads, fruit cups and parfaits along with coffee drinks and smoothies. Beginning next semester, the Schott Dining Hall will be open at 9 a.m. for a continental…

New NFL clothing goes ‘baby’

In recent years, the term “going green” is a verb that has taken action in many aspects of life. Now it includes eco-friendly athletic clothing for babies. Fullback Ovie Mughelli of the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons’ recently partnered with Origany, an organic clothing line that specializes in making clothes for babies and toddlers. “The Ovie Mughelli…

JCU RecPlex changes hours

On April 4, the John Carroll University RecPlex changed the hours of operation. Sunday through Thursday, the RecPlex will close at midnight, instead of 1 a.m., the previous time. Friday and Saturday nights, the facility will close at 9 p.m. rather than 11 p.m. This change is beneficial because it accomodates students more appropriately, and…

Manny Ramirez: Hall of Famer?

Manny Ramirez is one of the best hitters in baseball history, plain and simple. Throughout his career, Ramirez has amassed 555 homers, 1831 career RBIs, a .312 batting average and over 2,500 hits. He was one of the most feared hitters in the MLB during his tenure in the late 90s with the Indians, and…

Niehoff and Diversity Task Force introduce Diversity Steering Committee at JCU

On April 7, John Carroll President the Rev. Robert Niehoff, S.J. officially announced the formation of the new John Carroll Diversity Steering Committee. This committee was formed through a recommendation of the Diversity Task Force. The Diversity Task Force consisted of a group of JCU faculty and staff that worked together during the 2008-2009 school…

Melt expands, looks to future

Success stories in Cleveland have been far and few between in the past few decades. Many young people who would normally help regenerate the region have taken their talents elsewhere. Too often, the allure of bright lights and big cities has left the North Coast in a constant rebuilding mode. The old saying goes that…

OurView: Greek Week bliss

I really enjoy the month of April because it brings a lot of excitement to campus. Last week, the humans battled the zombies around campus. By the end of the week, the sight of copious amounts of balled up socks on the quad and Nerf machine guns didn’t faze me. Next week is Easter Break…

Chemistry professor Michael Nichols wins Culicchia Award

Michael Nichols, a professor in the chemistry department, has been awarded this year’s Lucrezia Culicchia Award. This award is presented to faculty members in the College of Arts and Sciences who have excelled and made distinct differences in the teaching climate here at John Carroll. The committee of past faculty recipients and student representatives read…

Blue Streaks athletics weekend round-up: April 6 – April 10

Men’s tennis On Saturday, April 9, the John Carroll University men’s tennis team was able to pull off an impressive win over the rival Baldwin-Wallace Yellows Jackets this past weekend in University Heights, Ohio. The Blue Streaks were trailing the Yellow Jackets after doubles competition, but battled back with clutch wins in singles competition to…

RecPlex changes hours

If you like pumping iron at odd hours of the night, you will have to revise your schedule. Starting last week, the JCU Recreation Department released their new hours. Courtney Farver, interim director of recreation, said, “After conducting a usage analysis, RecPlex hours were changed to better reflect the true usage of our facilities by…

License to Gill: Support our troops

Have you seen any yellow ribbons lately in support of U.S. troops? Have you even paid enough attention to look for any? I think that sometimes we get too caught up in our own lives to think and pray for our troops overseas. We take advantage of the fact that we have brave men and…